Pope Francis has issued written greetings to high-powered participants at the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, which began today. He reminded them of their moral obligation to place the human person, rather than the mere pursuit of power or profit, at the very centre of public policy.
Ten people died and 250 were injured after a wooden platform collapsed during a religious event in Ethiopia on Sunday. According to Ethiopian authority, the collapse occurred inside the Emperor Fasili-des Bath in the northern city of Gondar. Several thousand Ethiopians and tourists were in attendance at the colourful Epiphany celebration known as Timkat, commemorating the baptism of Jesus at the time.
According to the Daily Mail, aboriginal elders in a remote area in Western Australian want a Christian group forbidden from visiting their community. The desired ban is said to be based on objection by the indigenous people, to the judgemental attitudes of the Christian missionaries.
More than 20,000 Christian pilgrims flocked to the Jordan River on the weekend to get baptized in the same spot where John the Baptist is said to have baptized Jesus. They were there to commemorate the Feast of the Epiphany, a day Catholics and Orthodox Christians observe to celebrate when the three Magi visited baby Jesus, and thus Jesus’s physical manifestation to the Gentiles as foretold by Scripture.
President Donald Trump recently unveiled new federal guidelines to protect the constitutional right to pray in US public schools. Meanwhile, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos explained the new rules protect students’ right to pray. They also go beyond that to level the playing field between religious and non-religious organizations competing for federal grants, as well as protect freedoms on campus and the religious liberty of faith-based institutions.